The Reel Less Traveled – May 2023


Long, Strange Trips

    So, on this merry month, the big screen presents unexpected journeys, trains and reused Shakespearian robots – so let’s get right to it.
    The International Film Showcase wins the “Most Oddly Titled” movie sweepstakes this month with Ajoomma, concerning a character simply known as Auntie.
    Leading an unremarkable life, her escape is through the trials and tribulations seen on soap operas. Her grown son promised a trip to Korea, but moved away unexpectedly, leaving Auntie on her own for the first time.
    Taking the trip anyway, she finds herself in the company of an equally inexperienced and somewhat apathetic tour guide and eventually finds herself stranded.
    This is a gentle film about life and discovery, filled with charm and quirky characters. Visit for trailers and showtimes.
    May 18, Free Movie Night features Director Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train at 6:30 p.m. It’s one of the really great films that shows the Master of Suspense at the full height of his powers.
    Two strangers meet, get acquainted and a particularly deadly scheme is proposed. One stranger looks at it as an interesting, yet purely hypothetical idea. The other doesn’t and from then on, it’s pure edge-of-your-seat entertainment. You may never go on a merry-go-round again.
    The Chiller Diller Theatre presents Lord Blood-Rah who unearthed a little-known gem, The Invisible Boy.
    Made in 1957, it throws a lot of concepts on the screen, some of which were ahead of their time, without having any clear idea what the film is supposed to be about.
    The behind-the-scenes details are far more engaging, especially for conspiracy theorists. That Robbie the Robot is part of this, only scratches the surface of what this film is – or might be. The movie shows May 20 at 7 p.m. Visit
    Remember to go toward those wonderful images made of sound and light, for that’s where the reel magic lies.

Tom Westlake can be reached at

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